Automation has been a regular topic of discussion for well over a decade. Even still, the world has not yet felt its full effects.
While there’s no doubt that automation impacts jobs, automation also presents opportunities for IT professionals. Before you can harness automation to expand your career, you first need to look at the applications.
What’s Automation Doing in IT?
Automation is part of the software revolution, and it’s made the jobs of IT pros easier to bare. Automation makes monitoring simpler and allows you to skip the manual sifting through files. These realities align with the predictions that found automation would first take over repetitive, manual work that primarily requires following the same program.
Although it’s possible that tech support jobs, in particular, will be most subject to automation, it’s unlikely that these roles will evaporate. Instead, the tasks themselves will change, and there will be a smaller cohort of people doing them.
However, automation isn’t going to do everything for you. It won’t take over from non-routine or non-standardized tasks.
What Should You Do Next? It’s All About Skills
Automation itself isn’t here to take IT jobs. However, if you want to remain relevant, you do need to adjust your skills accordingly.
The IT field is already facing a huge skills shortage in general, but some of the automation skills that are increasingly in-demand include:
- Network automation skills
- Configuration management software experience
Of course, if you know how to work with automation or contribute to it, then your skills will be particularly in demand.
Finally, there’s evidence that applied technology skills (ATS), or skills that focus on integrating new technologies, such as data analysis, will remain at the forefront or recruiter and hiring managers’ minds.
You Can Survive Automation
Automation reduces the need for highly repetitive tasks, which means jobs associate with repetitive and easily programmable tasks are at risk. However, automation isn’t AI. If there’s a deviation in your processes or they’re not standardized, then they require a human to run them.
You can survive automation by focusing on upskilling and reskilling to progress through your career. Because while you can’t control tech developments, you can learn how to use and protect them.
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